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Playlist 17.04.09

Stuart Bailie | 10:50 UK time, Sunday, 19 April 2009

The new Steve Earle album, 'Townes' is simply that - a tribute to the outstanding songs of Townes Van Zandt. We already know that Steve has named his first son Justin Townes Earle and that he wrote 'Fort Worth Blues' the night that his hero died in 1997, so this record is a logical move and an emotional statement.

I was actually hired as a DJ for a rare Townes gig in London around 1990. The venue was the Powerhaus in Islington and the audience consisted of about 50 middle aged men, in awe of the guy. Myself and my pal Terry played upbeat tunes by The Burrito Borthers, The Mekons and Jerry Lee Lewis, and then Townes sat on a little chair and sang these flimsy but beautiful songs. When he was done, we shook his hand and played some more rowdy tunes. With hindsight, we might have been more respectful.

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Playlist 17.04.09

Billy Paul - Let Em In (Philadelphia International)
Morrissey - When I Last Spoke To Carol (Polydor)
John Shelley And The Creatures - Long May You Reign (white)
Tom Waits - Lie To Me (Anti)
John Shelley And The Creatures - Good Down Blue (white)
Elliott Smith - Twilight (Domino)
Steve Earle - Delta Momma Blues (New West)
Doug Sahm - Don't Turn Around (Edsel)
Bill Callaghan - My Friend (Drag City)
Madness - Dust Devil (Lucky 7)
Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks (Warp)
Leonard Cohen - Dance With Me Til The End Of Love (CBS)

The Undertones - Chains Of Love (Sire)
Phoenix - Lisztomania (V2)
The Pretenders - Stop Your Sobbing (Virgin)
Seeland - Goodbye (LoAF)
Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong - Under A Blanket Of Blue (Verve)
Graham Coxon - Sorrow's Army (Transgressive)
Blur - Coffee And TV (Parlophone)
Steve Earle -White Freightliner Blues (New West)
Elmore James - Done Somebody Wrong (Instant)
Ape School - My Intention (Counter)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Little Shadow (Geffen)
Shirley Horn - Return To Paradise (Verve)
Ape School - Wail To God (Counter)
Escape Act - Cabin Fever (Volte Face)
Mexican Institute Of Sound - Yo Digo Baila (CV)


  • Comment number 1.

    Stuart, really looking forward to the Steve Earle album should be a cracker as if anyone is going to give Van Zants catalogue due reverence then it is Steve Earle.

    I have never seen Heartworn Highway but certainly looks a film that is worth looking for.

    The John Shelley and the Creatures set was excellent.

    Kind regards




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